Originally posted in Insidermedicine Taking a high daily dose of vitamin D can help the elderly reduce their risk of falls, according to research published in the latest issue of the British Medical Journal. insidermedicinelogo Here is some information about vitamin D: • It is a vitamin that is present in very few foods but is necessary for development and maintenance ...

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A social worker at a Boston hospital, who counsels patients with cancer, discovers that she herself has breast cancer. She tells her compelling story to Better Health's Val Jones. classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="430" height="295" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0"> classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="430" height="295" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0">
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Everything old is new again and that is certainly true in the world of "alternative" health. One of the axiomatic premises of contemporary "alternative" health puts its believers behind the times ... by approximately 500 years. A fundamental premise held by believers in "alternative" health is that we are swimming in a world of "toxins" and those "toxins" are causing disease. Like most premises in "alternative" health it has no basis ...

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Doctors and nurses should receive the H1N1 vaccine. roomfordebate_main That's the take-home message from my latest opinion piece in The New York Times' Room for Debate blog, published earlier this week:

There are over 11 million health care providers working in our hospitals, nursing homes and medical clinics. And with studies suggesting that 70 percent of doctors plan to continue working ...

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Originally published in MedPage Today by Michael Smith, MedPage Today North American Correspondent A vaccine against cocaine was effective in nearly 40% of users of the drug, researchers said. medpage-today In a randomized, placebo-controlled study, volunteers who reached a high level of antibodies after vaccination used less cocaine than those whose response was lower, according to Thomas Kosten, MD, of Baylor College ...

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A company is selling a test to detect early signs of autism at home. For $200, parents receive an iPod-like device to attach to their 12 to 24-month toddler and record what they say for 12 hours. The data is then shipped back for analysis, where "acoustic algorithms . . . compare the child's vocalizations to those of other children." The interpretation is then mailed to parents, who presumably ...

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Originally published in Journal Watch General Medicine by Allan S. Brett, MD CBE was associated with 55 additional false-positives for each additional breast cancer detected. journal watch logo Whether patients benefit when clinical breast examination (CBE) is added to screening mammography is unclear. Canadian researchers addressed this issue in an analysis of data from the Ontario Breast Screening Program, a network ...

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More patients are expecting doctors to be more like Gregory House, the fictional doctor of Fox's House, M.D. But when you consider how much unnecessary testing is already going on, can this be a good idea? house md Well, no. But that doesn't stop a handful of patients with rare diseases to implore that their doctors do more testing: "Doctors say ...

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The following is part of a series of original guest columns by the American College of Physicians. by Steven Weinberger, MD, FACP In the Fall of 2009, we physicians should perhaps change the Biblical phrase, “Physician, heal thyself” to “Physician, immunize thyself” and then follow the phrase twice – once for seasonal influenza and once for H1N1. To date, physicians and other health care workers have too often been lax ...

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Originally posted in Insidermedicine Nurses are as well protected from influenza with a standard surgical mask as with an N95 respirator while caring for febrile patients, according to a randomized trial published in the November 4 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. insidermedicinelogo Here are some guidelines for infection control among hospital patients with confirmed or suspected H1N1 ...

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